Online Worship - Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday
Let us Walk in the Newness of Life
[Let us] walk in the newness of life.
~ Romans 6:4
Friends, it is finally Easter Sunday! It is the day when we declare that sin and death do not have the last word and that Jesus was resurrected. As we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, will we hear the call to walk with Jesus in the newness of life? Worship with us this Sunday for a special Easter worship service with special music and Holy Communion. We will gather at 11 AM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our website.

Please register your attendance here! You can also list prayer requests as well. To be added to the Prayer Chain click here. No Fellowship Time after Church. Happy Easter! For questions, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

See below for the Order of Worship.
Sunday Worship
April 4, 2021 - 11 AM
“Let us Walk in the Newness of Life”
The Order of Service
Welcome to Trinity online.
As we prepare for a time of worship, we invite you to find an intentional space in your home for worship. We encourage you to light a candle or place something that
reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God nearby. Children are invited
to take out their worship boxes to prepare for worship.

Prelude: This Joyful Eastertide ~ Dutch Folk Melody; arr. John Ferguson
Carol Bowers, soprano; Paul Taylor, baritone; Regino Madrid, violin
This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow! My Love, the Crucified, has sprung to life this morrow. Had Christ, who once was slain, not burst his three-day prison, our faith had been in vain. But now hath Christ arisen. My flesh in hope shall rest and for a season slumber till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number. Had Christ. . . . Death’s flood has lost his chill since Jesus crossed the river. Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver. Had Christ. . . .

Welcome and Announcements
As we light our candles in the sanctuary, I invite you to join us in lighting your own candle at home. As we place the cross in the holder, we invite you to place something that reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God in front of you.
Opening Litany

Hear this good news: Christ is risen!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
We are called to celebrate the good news of God’s love!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Darkness cannot claim us. Fear cannot bind us.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Glory and honor, dominion and power, be to God forever and ever.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today - Hymnal no. 302 (verse 1, 2, and 5)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Passing of the Peace
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Childrens Time:
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Children’s Worship Bulletin and Coloring Page for the children to do at home during this time.
Duet: Easter Rejoicing ~ Cyril A. Alington and Jonathan Willcocks
Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing! Now is the triumph of our King! To all the world glad news we bring: Alleluia! The Lord of Life is risen this day! Bring flowers of song, bedeck the way. Alleluia! Let all the world rejoice and say, Alleluia! Praise we in songs of victory that love, that life which cannot die, and sing with hearts uplifted high, sing alleluia! Your name we bless, O risen Lord, and sing today with one accord, the life laid down the Life restored: Alleluia! Alleluia. . . . Good Christian friends. . . .
Scripture Lesson: Romans 6:3-11 ~ Jill Robinson
  3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Lesson:  John 20:1-18
   20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.
4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.
13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Let us Walk in the Newness of Life
Duet: Day of Arising ~ Susan Palo Cherwien and Carl Schalk;
arr. Michael Burkhardt
Day of arising, Christ on the roadway, unknown companion walks with his own. When they invite him, as fades the first day, and bread is broken, Christ is made known. When we are walking, doubtful and dreading, blinded by sadness, slowness of heart, yet Christ walks with us, ever awaiting our invitation: Stay, do not part. Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken. This is Christ's promise, this is Christ’s sign: when the church gathers, when bread is broken, there Christ is with us in bread and wine. Christ, our companion, hope for the journey, bread of compassion, open our eyes. Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning that all creation with you may rise.
Invitation to the Offering
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The Great Thanksgiving
Communion Leader Pastor Grace Han; Communion Cantor - Carol Bowers
Holy Communion is a sacrament in the United Methodist Church. We believe Christ is present in the sacrament and that through one Spirit, we, though many, are made into one Body. Holy Communion is an embodied experience meant to be shared in Christian community. During this season, we practice online communion as an extraordinary means for observing the sacrament that is permitted “in Extremis” for the present crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic. For additional information about online communion, we encourage you to read this letter from Bishop Sharma Lewis. We will consecrate the elements on the church’s altar table and on your tables at home.

The Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
...And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith...
...Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,
now and forever.
Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father,
   who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
   thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
   as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
   but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
   and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Breaking the Bread and the Sharing the Bread and Cup
We will consecrate the elements on the Church’s Altar table and on your tables at home.

Prayer After Communion
Eternal God,
   we give you thanks for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit,
   to give ourselves for others,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Hymn: Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise - Hymnal no. 312 (verses 1 and 2)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Dismissal with Blessing
During this time, children are invited to take one of the stickers and place it on your clothing to remember that you are sent into the world remembering the love of God and Jesus Christ.
Choral Response: Hallelujah Chorus ~ from Messiah G.F. Handel
Easter Flower Dedications
The flowers adorning the altar are given to the glory of God and our risen Savior.

Music Notes
Duet: Rhythmic energy and creative vocal writing bring John Fergusons playful arrangement of the traditional Easter hymn This Joyful Eastertide to life. For todays performance, a violin has been added to the original setting for two-part voices and organ. A widely published composer of both choral and organ music, with over 100 titles in print, Ferguson is also in demand as a conductor of hymn festivals and as a concert organist. Arrangement © 2016 Augsburg Fortress. Published by Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Duet: Easter Rejoicing- a newly composed setting by Jonathan Willcocks of Cyril A. Alingtons Easter hymn text Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing” - has been praised by reviewers as a powerful celebration of Christs resurrection, in which a joyful, carol-like original melody dances between shifting meters and antiphonal alleluias announce the risen King, culminating in a final uplifting statement.Often performed with brass quartet, the anthem is performed today with added violin. Jonathan Willcocks, an English composer and conductor, is the son of the famed conductor and composer Sir David Willcocks. Music: © 1994 The Sacred Music Press. This edition, © 2013 Roger Dean Publishing Company, a Lorenz company. All rights reserved. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing: Words by Cyril A. Alington. Words © 1958, Ren. 1986 Hymns Ancient and Modern (admin. Hope Publishing Company). All rights reserved. Used by permission. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Duet: Day of Arising is an arrangement by Michael Burkhardt of a text by Susan Palo Cherwien and a tune by Carl Schalk. In this anthem, Cherwiens text compares the story of Jesuss appearance to his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and his revelation of himself to them later at supper, with the way in which Christ is revealed to us in the breaking of bread. Though most of us would answer the Last Supper if asked to name a meal in which Christ broke bread with his disciples, Cherwien focuses on a different meal — the supper at Emmaus — to emphasize Christ’s risen presence in our midst whenever the church gathers to break bread. This helps expand our understanding of Communion to encompass not only Christ’s suffering and death (The body of Christ, given for you, The blood of Christ, given for you), but also his resurrection. For this reason, this anthem is especially appropriate for Easter services that include the celebration of Communion—such as Trinitys Easter service today. Text by Susan Palo Cherwein, copyright © 1996 by Susan Palo Cherwein, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Tune, RAABE, by Carl Schalk, copyright © 1999 by Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Setting by Michael Burkhardt (ASCAP), newly composed, copyright © 2019 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publishers. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah: Almost certainly, the Hallelujah Chorus is the most frequently-sung choral selection in all of classical music. Composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741 when he was 56, he used a libretto created from a collection
of Bible texts about the life of Christ by friend and patron Charles Jennens. The tradition of standing during the Hallelujah Chorus began during a performance on March 23, 1743. King George II was attending, and when the Chorus began, he rose. It
is unclear why he stood, however people around the world still rise to their feet whenever they hear the first notes!
Trinity Community News & Prayers
Join the Trinity Prayer Chain: During times of trial and uncertainty, we pray to grow in our faith and encourage one another. To respond to our growing prayer needs, we will be starting an email prayer chain to share our prayer concerns with one another. We will share joys as well as concerns and needs. If you are interested in being part of this prayer chain or have a prayer request, please email us here.

Join us at Trinity Church!
Welcome to Trinity! Whether you are joining us for the first time or have been attending for years, we welcome you to Trinity UMC! Trinity is a welcoming and inclusive community committed to building a strong Christian community to find, share, and celebrate the love of Christ in our hearts, neighbors, and our world. We worship each Sunday at 11 AM online. Check out our website for additional information. Click here to sign up to receive our weekly e-communications. For additional questions, contact Pastor Grace Han. We’d love to connect with you!

A Conversation with Pastor Youtha and Pastor Grace: On Sunday, April 18th, at 11 AM we will have a Conversation with Pastor Youtha and Pastor Grace. As we have seen a rise in Anti-Asian violence, and as our country continues to grapple with race and racism, we invite you to join us for a conversation between Pastor Youtha Hardman-Cromwell and Pastor Grace Han. We will talk about race, racism, the rise of Anti-Asian violence, and the church can bind Communities of Color together.

Faith and Reason: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Faith - Sermon Series starting April 25th: Starting April 25th, we will begin a new sermon series to address the questions that we struggle with in our faith. How do we make “sense” of these difficult realities and still have a vital faith in God? Through this sermon series, we will address some of the difficult questions we face as Christians: Is belief in God unscientific? Is the Bible the literal Word of God? Who goes to Heaven and Who goes to Hell? Why is there so much evil in the world? Why do people suffer? Join us for this important sermon series.

Youth Group: All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to join us on Sunday evenings from 5:30 to 7 PM for Youth Group! We meet each Sunday online or in person with the youth of Beverley Hills UMC. No youth group this week. Have a wonderful Easter! Join Ruth and Hannah for some Zoom fun next Sunday, April 11th. Come play Jackbox games and build community from 5:30-6:30 PM. Email Hannah Day Donoghue with any questions or concerns.

Trinity’s Semi-Annual Community Blood Drive: Trinity’s Semi-Annual Blood Drive will be held this Saturday, April 10th, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The blood drive will be held again in Inova’s Bloodmobile and Inova Blood Donor Services continues to have an immediate need for most blood types. Inova is taking special precautions associated with COVID-19, which you can read about here. To make an appointment contact Carol Bowers.
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